The Art House stands in the light of Lake Constance. Its structure is built from glass plates, steel and a stone mass of cast concrete that forms structure and space in the interior of the building. Viewed from outside, the building gives the impression of an illuminant. It absorbs the changing light of the sky and the haze light of the lake, radiates light and colour back and gives an idea of something of its inner life, depending on the angle, the time of day and the weather.
The Bregenz Art House was constructed in 1997 by the internationally renowned and Pritzker Award-winning Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. In 1998, Zumthor won the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture with the Bregenz Art House. Thus, the Bregenz Art House is one of the world’s most important museum buildings of contemporary architecture. Designed as a daylight museum, the building impresses with its significant exterior form and the non-compromising implementation of its spatial concept. By his own words, with his design for the Bregenz Art House, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor had devoted himself to the actual task of a museum to be a place for works of art and a place for people who would like to encounter these works of art in peace. For the artists with exhibitions in Bregenz Art House, the architecture becomes the real standard and a conceptual impulse for their exhibitions, especially when it comes to the production of new, entire series of works. Thus, the architecture is an indispensable platform for the international exhibition programme of Bregenz Art House (KUB).